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Farming

Kelp is on the way

Roger Beattie Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

GMO ban boosts Tasmania

Angus Bulls, Tasmania feedlot 19 min ago Tasmania is a model of high-end agriculture, thanks to its ban on genetically modified food crops and animal feed.

Wineries expand to meet demand

St Peter Chanel church Business is booming at Marlborough wineries, with several expanding to meet increased demand.

Keeping lambs alive

lamb Aussie expert outlines five top tips for farmers to prevent deaths over the lambing season.

End of a very good alliance

grant cuff Grant Cuff will soon bid a quiet farewell to red-meat processor and exporter Alliance Group.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Extra busy times

Cow and calf There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.

Politics stirs dirty water issue

Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

How now Fonterra cow?

Westland to better Fonterra?

Rod Quin West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Calving delays meetings

Dairy farmers have been too busy dealing with farm jobs to meet with ACC this month.

Income drop to hurt

Farmers face $4b pay cut

Time to trim the fat

Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

Keeping lambs alive

lamb Aussie expert outlines five top tips for farmers to prevent deaths over the lambing season.

Sheep milk - better for ewe

Sheep milk holds out the promise of being a potential money maker for New Zealand farmers, with the bonus of a lower ecological impact.

Cheesemakers raise the bar

Sheep theft charges

End of a very good alliance

Grant Cuff will soon bid a quiet farewell to red-meat processor and exporter Alliance Group.

Wineries expand to meet demand

St Peter Chanel church Business is booming at Marlborough wineries, with several expanding to meet increased demand.

Que syrah syrah

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Seeds rendered worthless

Farmers feel drinking change

Kelp is on the way

Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

Extended burning ban unlikely

Taranaki Regional Council's director of environmental quality Gary Bedford A ban on burning plastic in rural areas is unlikely to be introduced in the Taranaki countryside.

Stock crashes spark warning

Another vehicle crash involving wandering stock prompts warning from police.

Green solutions

Farmers urged to have their say

Working dogs in demand

Dozens of cockies go looking for working dogs at the 57th annual sale of heading and huntaway dogs.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Keep watch on running costs

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Upbeat over tech future

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.